25 "And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; 26 men's hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near."
These verses give the same sequence of events as in Matthew 24:29-31. The most important glorious future event of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ occurs after the distress of nations, meaning after the Great Tribulation. Also, note that all will see Jesus Christ coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
This is also the time when true believers will look up with joy and lift up their heads because they will know that their redemption is near. They will know that they are about to leave this earth and, in the twinkling of an eye, their earthly corruptible bodies will change into glorious incorruptible, immortal bodies, and they will rise to meet their returning Saviour in the air.
The pre-tribulation rapture theory, which teaches that believers will suddenly and without any warning disappear from this earth, is unbiblical. It completely contradicts verse 28 above. The Bible says that all believers who are still alive at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ will know exactly when they will be resurrected to meet the returning Christ because they will see Him coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
There is only one Second Coming of Jesus Christ, and only one resurrection of ALL believers who have lived and died along with those who are still alive at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. This occurs immediately after the Great Tribulation. There is not a hint in the Bible of Jesus Christ returning in two stages separated by a seven-year period of tribulation.
Christians who believe in a pre-tribulation rapture give 1 Corinthians 15:50-53, and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 as their proof texts. Let us examine these texts.
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